The Vinyl Factory partners with the Venice Biennale of art and architecture to stage events, performances and site-specific collaborations with some of the most exciting artists working today.
In 2015, The Vinyl Factory collaborated with curator Okwui Enwezor to install the VF portable cutting lathe in the Biennale Pavilion, recording performances by artists in the David Adjaye-designed Arena space including Olaf Nicolai, Jeremy Deller and Jason Moran.
The Vinyl Factory partnered with Jason Moran and New York gallery Luhring Augustine to present the artist’s incredible jazz-historical work STAGED at the Arsenale. VF subsequently released Moran’s Biennale compositions on vinyl.
In 2013, The Vinyl Factory worked with Jeremy Deller and the British Council to present the acclaimed film English Magic at the British Pavilion, having collaborated with a London based steel band on the soundtrack to record cover versions of David Bowie, Vaughan Williams and A Guy Called Gerald at Studio 1, Abbey Road.
The Vinyl Factory has also collaborated with the curators of the British Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale to publish two books. A Clockwork Jerusalem (2014) explores the contradictory history of British Modernism and Home Economics: five new models for domestic life (2016), which was created by The Spaces magazine and REAL Foundation. Both were launched with parties soundtracked by Glasgow’s finest selectors Optimo.
The Vinyl Factory will return to Venice this year for the 2017 Biennale.
test pattern [nº11]
Sonic manipulator and audio-visual artist Ryoji Ikeda presents his mind-bending test pattern [nº11] installation in a semi-permanent structure on the outskirts of Gstaad to launch the release of his new project Code Name: A to Z, which you can order here.
An interactive visual landscape built from Ikeda’s fascination with data and binary forms, test pattern pushes viewers to their limits, both physically and psychologically, throwing a digital mirror up to the unforgiving monochrome environment of the region’s snow capped peaks.
Douglas Gordon & Morgane Tschiember
As Close As You Can For As Long As It Lasts
Inspired by the traditions and rituals of mountain communities that communicated across the hills without seeing one another, Douglas Gordon and Morgane Tschiember made the treacherous ascent up the surrounding hills to create a ring of fire that smoulders mysteriously in the snow.
With viewers invited on a pilgrimage to this mystical event, the fire hopes to ignite its own regional myth, guarded by the eerie howls of wolves that once ruled the slopes in central Europe.
Same Same Joy
Projected onto the snow-covered slopes, Cecilia Bengolea’s acid-laced piece delves into the intense world of Thai boxing, with its animalistic rituals and superstitions.
Set to a soundtrack of psychedelic electronics and popping French grime, Bengolea dances in the snow in front of the projection, developing unique movements from martial arts and Jamaican dancehall.
Rosa and TC Boring live
Clad in pseudo-ecclesiastical garb, Belgian artist Michaël Borremans’ black-cloaked figure is an anomaly in the pristine white landscape and appears like a visitation crashing to Earth headfirst from above.
The festival’s opening weekend also saw Borremans present his new musical project TC Boring for a foot-stomping set of swamp blues and shotgun murder ballads at the former chalet of notorious Swiss playboy Gunter Sachs.